The Campbell River Advanced Power Marine Midget B Ravens lacrosse team put up a valiant effort in a Victoria tournament last weekend despite the loss of their number one goaltender.
The Ravens began the Matt Underwood Tournament at a disadvantage as their goalie, Bailey Robinson, was injured in a league game in Comox.
Runner Nathan Hoff stepped in, playing three of his six games between the posts.
Hoff played in net the first game which put the team down one runner but they were also short three players that had some traffic issues en route to the arena and one player that was serving a game suspension.
First game of the tournament was against the Prince George Posse. The Ravens seemed to be lacking in scoring as the Posse were up 7-2 at the end of the second period. The Ravens outscored Prince George in the third period five goals to two but it wasn’t enough as the Ravens lost 9-7.
Later that same day, the Ravens were up late to take on the Port Coquitlam Saints. Tied 2-2, the Ravens dominated the second period and held the Saints scoreless with great defence by Ryan Smith and Steven Dykhuisen. The Ravens didn’t score any goals in the third period and held on to the lead, winning the game 6-4.
Next up for the Ravens was a match against the Cowichan Valley Thunder on Saturday morning.
Final score for the Ravens was 8-2. Defensive efforts of Tara Dickson and Dylan Sparling were key in not allowing the Thunder to enter the Ravens zone.
After an early morning start, the players resumed their play Saturday evening against the West Shore Whalers 2 team. Campbell River opened the scoring and went on to win 6-2, which ensured the Ravens top spot in their pool.
In the semi-finals, the Ravens faced off against the Westshore Whalers I team. The game was a seesaw battle but the Ravens came out on the losing end of a 5-4 game. With the loss, the Ravens would have to play for third place. Their opponent? The Westshore Whalers 2 team that they had beat Saturday in a very close game.
The game started with some close competition but in period two the Ravens started to take flight with goals by Anthony Vigernon,Lucas Marriot Spencer, Steven Dykhuisen, and Ryan Smith.
The Whalers startred to get into penalty trouble near the end of the game and were not able to score in the third period. Scoring for the Ravens in the third period to end the game 8-3 were Colton Edwards, Smith and Griffin Whyley.